Posts in category: Work & Life

It is never a good time

“Is it a good time to start a new business during this economic downturn?” It is never a “good” time to take risks. Two better questions may be: “How long are you prepared to wait?” “Will you regret the...

Complacency

A safe and comfortable place to live/work can breed complacency. It is also the best place to try risky new things we would not otherwise contemplate – such as starting a new business, learning a new skill or developing an interest to a greater depth. We can...
Whole-heartedly; or go home

Whole-heartedly; or go home

Someone once said to me once (with a fair amount of contempt): Why do you bother to try and bring your whole self to work? Why do you need to care about the project’s purpose, the organisation’s values, or how well the business’ ethics line up with...

Making an impact authentically

Making a significant impact on the world must necessarily involve others. Not to mention the critical importance of intention alignment for any sustainable and effective working relationship. I was listening to someone on the train talk passionately about changing the...

Purpose Identity Meaningfulness Satisfaction

Here’s my current way to think about the four related concepts of Purpose, Identity, Meaningfulness, and Satisfaction. I find the delineation between Self (Corporate Strategy level) and Social (Job Roles level) particularly useful – separating Purpose from...

Self employment eyes wide open

We have been trained to the 9-5 (or rather more realistically 8-7 including some weekends) lifestyle. Our education systems, social systems, are all designed around this. We budget our lives around a short term pay cycle. We design our holidays around 2-5 weeks of...

The more we can see, the less we choose to see

We are experiencing a never-before-seen disconnect at the moment; between our ability to simultaneously access vast amounts of information and cocoon ourselves within limited bubbles of realities. Far from ushering an era of mass enlightenment and awareness, the...
Looking for a HUGE problem

Looking for a HUGE problem

This article really resonated with me: Solve for X: radical ‘moonshot’ technology ideas for solving global problems. I want to solve for x! That is where the exciting and meaningful work is. As the world becomes smaller, its problems seem to inflate to previously...

The cost of unthinking beliefs, traditions and superstitions

We are naturally resistant to change, even when we know that change is good for us or is in any case completely unavoidable. It makes far more sense to accept the inevitability of change and to learn effective (and healthy) ways to respond. One major barrier is the...

Fake smiles at work

Fake smiles at work may be unhealthy! Who’d’ve thought that?! This Confession of a Corporate Drone highlighted some “fun” facts as “faking positive feelings at work was associated with lower employee satisfaction and increased job...

Ignorant about design

A lot of people, including designers, are ignorant about design. When they think design, they think fashion and style. They think about how something looks; the style, the “feel”, the colours, the visuals, the composition, and the textures. Design is a process for...

Beliefs about success

2010 has been a year of big changes: moving away from Singapore, via Sweden, to Perth. Most of the second half was deliberately slowing down more. And from that less chaotic head space reflect on the life lived so far. Mid life crisis? Probably 😉 Here’re my thoughts...

“Of the time…”

We forget that our currently entrenched market, economic, political, social and educational systems were at some stage designed by us. These are systems “of the time;” invented by people “of the time;” for challenges “of the time!” And guess what? Times have...

Money versus other measures of value

The value of something is often rendered down to money versus everything else; and personal give-a-damn-ness. Money is an attractive measure because its value is universally appreciated and accessible. Everyone gets monetary worth. Everyone gets the immediacy of...

Thoughts for a meaningful creative work/life

Design is the basis for innovation. I need to embrace and grow my inner designer. The only short term aim: for the glory of the work. The only long term aim: for the good of people/humanity. Growth of the individual is unavoidable. So let’s get on with it. Growth of a...

Growth

Whenever most people think of growth in business, they think of more people, bigger premises, more branches, a larger slice of the market, and of course more profits. If you were a big business, you may have little choice but to think only of these aspects. That is...

Complex richness from simple baselines

Consider: It only takes your monitor (and TVs and projectors) three base colours (red, green and blue) to reproduce the endless of shades of colours that our eyes can see. It only takes four elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen) to construct all life on...

Is this a good employee?

Say you had to choose between two similar candidates for a non-technical role. They both have similar backgrounds, education and work experience. Except one candidate took two years off from her career to look after her dying father. In the business-as-conventional...
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